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  • Target practice.
    24th May 2024 Hakahetau, Ua Poa, Marquises, French Polynesia – Kon Tiki, Raroia, Tuamotus, French Polynesia via Hakahetau, Ua Poa, Marquises, French Polynesia Whenever we sail offshore we have a target of arriving at our destination in daylight. This is usually a pretty easy target to hit. We had a different sort of target to … Read more
  • The letter W.
    14th May 2024 Anaho, Nuku Hiva, Marquises, French Polynesia – Hakahetau, Ua Poa, Marquises, French Polynesia via Taiohae Bay & Daniels Bay, Nuku Hiva, Marquises, French Polynesia On Ruffian we are surrounded by things beginning with the letter W. Nautically there is the water, waves and warps to name but a few and this has … Read more
  • Mechanical properties.
    6th May 2024 Taiohae, Nuku Hiva, Marquises, French Polynesia – Anaho, Nuku Hiva, Marquises, French Polynesia UTS, creep, yield strength, Young’s modulus, stress vs strain. These are all terms that ring in the ears of mechanical engineering students*. These terms have also been ringing in our ears as we have tuned our new rigging and … Read more
  • Elon Musk vs The Victorians.
    28th April 2024 Taiohae, Nuku Hiva, Marquises, French Polynesia Technology on boats seems to change at both a staggeringly fast and a staggeringly slow pace. Communication has changed staggering fast with the advent of Starlink connecting every boat with everyone all the time, but masts are still held up with technology that would be familiar … Read more
  • Necessity is the mother of invention.
    21st April 2024 Hanamoenoa, Tahuata, Marquises, French Polynesia – Taiohae, Nuku Hiva, Marquises, French Polynesia via Atuona, Tahauku Bay, Hiva Oa & Hanamoenoa, Tahuata, Marquises, French Polynesia Necessity is the mother of invention. The necessity of creating cheap cars made Mr Ford to think about the production line. The necessity of the Royal Navy to … Read more
  • 7 deadly sins. 7 capital virtues.
    15th April 2024 Atuona, Tahauku Bay, Hiva Oa, Marquises, French Polynesia – Hanamoenoa, Tahuata, Marquises, French Polynesia There are 7 deadly sins and to balance them there are 7 capital virtues. We’re not very good very good at either the deadly sins or indeed the virtues and have been forced to practice one of the … Read more
  • Fixing the boat. Getting off the boat.
    6th April 2024 Atuona, Tahauku Bay, Hiva Oa, Marquises, French Polynesia The priorities after every ocean crossing are the same. Fix the boat and get off the boat. After 38 days at sea crossing the bulk of the mighty Pacific Ocean, these have been our priorities and we’ve done them both in spades. After nursing … Read more
  • Baited breath.
    1st April 2024 09 50S 122 28W – Atuona, Tahauku Bay, Hivea Oa, Marquises, French Polynesia Waiting with baited breath is usually considered a precursor to something fun and exciting. Sitting around the Christmas tree kiddies have baited breath waiting for their presents,while a groom has baited breath hoping his bride will turn up and … Read more
  • Screws and strands.
    21st March 2024 08 27S 100 13W – 09 50S 122 28W When Donald Crowhurst left on his ill fated voyage in the 1966 Golden Globe race he watched with trepidation as the screws slowly fell out of his windvane. If his windvane failed then his voyage would end in disaster. We have felt exactly … Read more
  • Follow the carrot.
    9th March 2024 02 05S 89 48W – 08 27S 100 13W On Blackpool beach vendors do a roaring trade by offering donkey rides. As one can imagine these donkeys are often not very willing participants in this enterprise and need coaxing along. Vendors (in Iain’s mind) have found the best way to coax them … Read more